One of the most serious conditions a podiatrist can treat is Diabetes. Diabetes is a condition where the blood sugar is not carried to the cells which can cause nerve damage and even amputation. Nerve damage is called diabetic neuropathy. Diabetes can also affect the flow of blood inhibiting the body’s ability to heal cuts and bruises. If you know you have diabetes, make sure you tell your podiatrist.
Symptoms of Diabetes include:
- Constant thirst or hunger
- Sudden, unexpected weight loss
- Corns and calluses in or between your toes
- Ingrown toenails
- Open sores on your feet
- Leg pain
- Cracked and/or discolored skin
Diabetes can also contribute to other conditions including bunions, skin and bone infections, gangrene, Charcot foot, blisters, athlete’s feet, hammertoes, ingrown toenails, plantar warts and diabetic ulcers and more. Because of the wide range of conditions diabetes can cause, it is that much more important to keep an eye on your feet and anything that signifies change.
Ways to prevent diabetes include:
- Making regular self-foot health checks – check for corns and calluses or blisters
- Seeing your podiatrist regularly – every 2 to 3 months at a minimum
- Wash your feet with soap and water – make sure to dry them after
- Use skin lotion or powder on your feet
- Check and trim your toenails regularly
- Don’t smoke and if you do, stop
- Keep your feet warm in the winter and cool in the summer
- Wear proper fitting shoes that have enough room for toe movement
- See your diabetes doctor regularly
- Good nutrition and exercise – will contribute to healthy blood flow
Again, the first thing to do if you know you have diabetes is to tell your podiatrist. They need to be a part of your overall treatment.
If you have diabetes or have any other concerns about the health of your feet, make an appointment with one of our podiatrists here at Foot and Ankle Specialists PC. Our website is monpod.com. Our Doctors Scott E. Hughes, Greg P. Vogt, and Christine L. Tumele will assess your condition and recommend the proper treatment. We have two offices. One located in Monroe, MI and the other in Lambertville, MI.